Paris Montmartre

France, Paris Guide (B): Paris Montmartre

Montmartre is talked about by Parisians the way New Yorkers talk about the Village: It's not what it used to be, It's like Disneyland, the artists can't afford to live here anymore,too many tourists etc. There is some truth these opinions, but there are two ways of approaching this incredibly unique village within the metropolis. The first is to follow the herd instinct and stampede your way up the famous hill, take a picture of yourself on the steps of the basilica, buy an overpriced crepe at the Place du Tertre, get conned into having your portrait sketched, and walk back down clutching newly bought key-rings, postcards, gaudy T-shirts feeling a little mystified about what all the fuss is about.

The second method is to keep a map in your pocket (just in case) and try to lose yourself in the steep and cobbled streets of one of the most historic and interesting neighborhoods in Paris. Remember that the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur(the big white church) sits on the crest of the hill, so as long as you are heading uphill there is little possibility of being lost for long. At the bottom of the hill is the Boulevard de Clichy which is lined with bars, kebab shops, and more sex shops and peep-shows than you can possibly pretend you are not looking at. If you think of a triangle, consider the base of it to be the section of Blvd. de Clichy and Blvd. de Rochechouartbetween the metro stations Blanche and Anvers. The tip of the triangle would be the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur. The area between these three points is roughly the area of interest. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Paris Montmartre
Guide Location: France » Paris
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Matt Barrett
Read it on author's website: http://www.aparisguide.com/montmartre/index.html
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Basilica of Sacre-Coeur
  • Boulevard de Clichy
  • Blvd. de Rochechouart
  • Abbesses station
  • Anvers
  • Barbes-Rochechouart
  • Elysees Montmartre Theatre
  • Rue de Steinkerque
  • Sympa
  • Place St. Pierre
  • Marche St. Pierre
  • Church of St. Pierre
  • Place du Tertre
  • Norvins
  • Saules
  • rue Cortot
  • Maison Rose
  • Montmartre Museum
  • Clos Montmartre Vinyard
  • Lapin Agile Cabaret
  • Bateau Lavoire
  • Rue Lepic
  • Hotel Regyns Montmartre
  • Place des Abbesses
  • Bonséjour Montmartre
  • Hotel Audron
  • Hotel Terrass
  • Café le Zazir
  • La Mouscotte
  • Caves des Abbesses
  • Le progress
  • rue de Trois Freres
  • Les Deux Moulins
  • Place Blanche
  • Montmartre Cemetery

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